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Bicycle accident prevention

It's not uncommon for residents of larger cities, such as Austin, to use bicycles as a form of transportation. Bicycling can be used for daily commutes, exercise or for pleasure. Whatever the case may be, bicyclists should be aware of all associated dangers as well as ways to prevent a future bicycle accident.

Just like motorists, bicyclists traveling on the roadway adhere to the same responsibilities and reserve the same rights according to the law. With these same rights, the risk of riding a bicycle is much higher than those driving or riding in a vehicle. To lower the risk of a crash, bicyclists should be prepared and conscious of their surroundings at all times when traveling on roadways.

Some precautions that bicyclist should take are riding a properly sized and workable bike, wearing protective equipment such as a helmet and pads along with bright colored clothing, and using backpacks to hold any needed items like a wallet or cell phone. Bicyclist should also remain focused and alert at all times and be predictable so that motorists can get a sense of what they are intending to do, like switching lanes or turning. It is important to remember that bicyclists have the same rights as people behind the wheel.

Austin bicyclists are encouraged to improve their riding skills with practice and experience regularly. This can be done by attending any local bike classes offered by schools, recreation departments, local bike shops or advocacy groups. In the event of an unfortunate bicycle accident, it is recommended that a bicyclist, after obtaining medical assistance, seek the advice of a personal injury attorney who will offer guidance and provide any legal assistance relating to any civil claims.

Source: nhtsa.gov, "Bicyclists", Accessed on Dec. 22, 2017

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